Make Our Food Safe
04/15/2012

"FDA criticized for secrecy in food-illness probes"

The Denver Post | Michael Booth

"The 2009 E. coli outbreak began like a far more notorious cantaloupe listeria outbreak two years later: Tests from ill patients in separate counties arrived at the Colorado health department, and sounded alarms by matching perfectly.

But the 2009 investigation ended far differently, records show, with no assignment of blame, no widespread naming of the businesses involved and no warnings about how to grow safer produce.

Public health officials in Colorado and Minnesotaprivately vented frustration and derision at the FDAfor going easy on food producers through "hypocritical" silence, and for failing to pluck the "low-hanging fruit" of pathogen knowledge available in an outbreak probe..."

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